상상은 여권이 필요없는 여행이다
Michelle Lee, “Without You”
After being blown about a bit in the industry after Kpop Star, starting out at YG and hoping to debut as Su:Pearls before being let go and moving to DIMA, this soulful power-ballad is a wonderful debut for Michelle Lee. (Note: I have decided to write in the Western style, not because I am belittling her status as Korean, but because Lee Michelle looks way too similar to Lea Michele.)
Similar to 2NE1’s “Come Back Home,” “Without You” makes a much larger impact when interpreted as a whole in connection with its music video. Thematically, it’s obvious that Michelle is fighting back against the discrimination she’s faced from the public as black-Korean. But I’d like to argue that she’s also commenting on expectations of beauty for women in general, and the way in which youthful ignorance struggles to interpret these types of discrimination. This typically might seem like a lot to tackle at one time, but it beautifully comes together as one cohesive theme for Michelle.
But even without the video, even if taken as a basic love song, “Without You” utilizes Michelle’s wide range very well to create a moving track that just begs to make an appearance at karaoke.